OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the rules, regulations and practices applicable to managing a legal or conveyancing practice with the emphasis on office and trust accounting.

Unit content

Part A: Accounting fundamentals
Topic 1: Introduction to financial management and accounting
Topic 2: Accounting to trial balance
Topic 3: Special transactions
Topic 4: Financial reporting
Topic 5: End of period adjustments
Topic 6: Computer accounting systems, taxation and managing financial risk

Part B: Trust accounting
Topic 7: Introduction to trust accounting
Topic 8: Records and books of accounts
Topic 9: Controlled money
Topic 10: Cash books
Topic 11: Bank reconciliations
Topic 12: Journals and ledgers in legal trust accounting

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Wilson, V, Freeman, S & Freeman, J, 2010, Accounting - A Practical Approach, 3rd edn, Pearson, Sydney. ISBN: 9781442528000 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (11 weeks)
Exam: open book40%

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